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Trump speaks directly with Taiwan's leader, irking China
BEIJING (AP) -- In a break with decadeslong diplomatic tradition, President-elect Donald Trump spoke directly with the president of Taiwan, a move that drew an irritated response from China and looked set to cast uncertainty over U.S. policy toward Asia....

Buzz Aldrin gets visit from NASA after polar evacuation
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) -- Buzz Aldrin had an unexpected bedside visit from NASA Deputy Administrator Dava Newman on Saturday as he continued to recover in a New Zealand hospital from his medical evacuation from the South Pole....

Ruins of homes in Kirkuk a sign of divisions to come in Iraq
IRBIL, Iraq (AP) -- All along the street, houses have been reduced to rubble in the central Iraqi city of Kirkuk. The work of Kurdish security forces retaliating against Sunni Arabs after a recent Islamic State group attack, residents say....

What US presidents said about ties with China and Taiwan
President-elect Donald Trump spoke Friday with Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, a highly unusual and probably unprecedented move since the U.S. broke diplomatic ties with the self-governing island in 1979 and shifted to diplomatic recognition of China under a so-called "one-China" policy....

Duterte says Trump wished his drug crackdown 'success'
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- President Rodrigo Duterte said Saturday Donald Trump wished his deadly crackdown on illegal drugs would succeed during a telephone call, and he assured the U.S. president-elect the Philippines would maintain its ties with America - a departure from Duterte's hostility toward the Obama administration....

Colombia repatriates dead as airline's licensing questioned
RIO NEGRO, Colombia (AP) -- Victims of this week's tragic air crash in the Andes were flown home Friday as Bolivia's president called for "drastic measures" against aviation officials who signed off on a flight plan that experts and even one of the charter airline's executives said should never have been attempted because of a possible fuel shortage....

Small Brazilian city prepares to bury remains of soccer club
CHAPECO, Brazil (AP) -- A small Brazilian city that was captivated by the rise of its modest soccer club planned on Saturday to bury the dead from a plane crash that claimed most of the team's players and staff....

Iran condemns US senate vote to extend sanctions
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's foreign minister is condemning the U.S. Senate's extension of a piece of anti-Iran legislation....

Apparent tax arrangements of top soccer players released
MADRID (AP) -- A group of European media outlets on Friday published what it claims are details of tax arrangements made by several top soccer players and coaches, including Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil....

Death toll from last month's IS bombing in Iraq rises to 92
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi officials say the death toll from a Nov. 24 suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State group has risen to 92, including about 40 Iranians....

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